Monday, February 25, 2013

Maple Syrup Festival

On Saturday we loaded up in the van and headed an hour or so south of her to a maple syrup festival.  The weather cooperated and it actually was a very pretty day.  I ADORE little festivals like this and being with my family.  It was a splendid afternoon.  We went with some special little friends and that made it even better.  The kiddos went on a scavenger hunt to find things like pinecones, leaves, nuts, and rocks.  After they collected their goods, they each received a bag of maple syrup cotton candy which was a huge hit!
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The kids got to see a teepee and how Native Americans made maple syrup. They hollowed out a log, lined it with pine sap, filled it with the maple tree sap, then put very hot granite rocks in the sap to create the syrup. Very cool!
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Daddy and Peanut tried to cut through a log with this old time saw. Peanut didn't get very far so Daddy and I finished. We concluded that those men had some crazy strong muscles after cutting through trees all day long with saws like this one.
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The girls were able to have the "log cookie" branded with a maple tree leaf to remember our special day.
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The coolest thing at the festival was this old fashioned merry-go-round. The kids LOVED it. They got to spin around and it went up and down. There were loud fits of giggles from this! IMG_1656 IMG_1670 IMG_1675
The kiddos fed a mini llama. Check out those grins! IMG_1681
We ended our visit in a special kid area where they got to play dress up with pioneer clothes, do some arts and crafts, and make a candle!
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We left with happy hearts and our memory tanks filled, oh...and of course some maple syrup and more maple syrup cotton candy!

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